Art Basel Hong Kong, Asia’s leading art fair, opens on March 23 through 25. Art Basel Hong Kong brings together leading galleries from Asia and beyond, with 177 galleries from 32 countries participating this year. As the Hong Kong government’s COVID-19 restrictions on foreigners lifted in December last year, the fair is expected to welcome international visitors and regain its pre-pandemic vibrancy.
Art Basel Hong Kong will see the return of the ‘Encounters’ section for the first time in several years, featuring large-scale sculptural installations outside the fair’s usual format. The fair has five sections. In addition to ‘Encounters,’ visitors can visit ‘Galleries,’ a collection of galleries; ‘Insights,’ featuring curated projects by artists from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region; ‘Discover,’ featuring new works by emerging artists; ‘Film,’ featuring video works; and ‘Cabinets,’ a special booth where galleries present solo exhibitions by their artists.
March 23, 2023 – March 25, 2023
The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private, non-profit organization founded in 2016 by Dutch art collector Han Nefkens (b. 1954) to specifically support video art. The foundation’s comprehensive support of artists’ video art production, exhibition, and publication reflects Han Nefkens’s deep love of video art and his desire to share the power of art with a broader audience.
Beginning this year, the Han Nefkens Foundation organizes ‘Southeast Asian Video Art Production Grant.’
The grant aims to vitalize the video arts in contemporary art and is awarded to artists from Southeast Asia. Artists who have created a unique trajectory of works, but have not yet exhibited on a large scale, are the candidates. The winner receives a $15,000 grant to create a new body of work, which will be presented at various collaborating institutions in Vietnam (Sàn Art), Thailand (the Jim Thompson Art Center), Cambodia (Sa Sa Art Projects), Italy (Museion), South Korea (Busan Museum of Art), and India (Prameya Art Foundation).
Vietnamese artist Truong Cong Tung (b. 1986) is the inaugural recipient. Raised among Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, Truong Cong Tung lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City. He uses mixed media to express personal contemplations on the cultural and geopolitical shifts of modernization embodied in the morphing ecology, belief, or mythology of a land. The jury highly valued his distinctive and intuitive approach.
Celebrating the March 8 International Women’s Day, the United Nations Development Programme organized the exhibition “Her Voice Her Power” at the Beit Beirut Center in Lebanon. The exhibit intended to recognize the works of Lebanese women artists in various fields, including painting, photography, ceramics, and music, and ultimately to promote women’s public and political participation in Lebanon. The exhibition was open to the public for two days and presented panel discussions featuring women from various fields.
Beit Beirut is a museum and urban cultural center dedicated to the history of Beirut. The center’s building, Barakat, is a historic 20th-century landmark that was used as a forward control post and sniper base during the civil war due to its open structure. Drawing on the building’s history, Beit Beirut holds exhibitions with a particular focus on the Lebanese Civil War.
Her Voice Her Power
March 9, 2023 – March 10, 2023